New Executive MBA Health Care Leadership

To meet the growing needs of southeast Wisconsin’s vast health care sector, the Executive MBA program at the Lubar School of Business has introduced a new Integrated Health Care Leadership concentration.

The concentration complements the EMBA program’s core leadership curriculum with courses specifically addressing health care management, including health care administration and delivery systems, managed care and integrated health care networks, strategic management in health care organizations, and health care accounting, law, and ethics. The program is taught by a combination of academic faculty and health care executives with substantial industry experience.

“Health care is a complex industry that requires a specialty curriculum,” says Adam Wickersham, Executive MBA director. “Where some facets of leadership education are universal, the business challenges that health care executive face are highly unique. Our executive students get a ‘deep dive’ into very focused health care leadership topics.”

Health care is big business in the region. Southeast Wisconsin is home to four integrated health systems, including two of the country’s 10 largest integrated health systems. These systems coordinate the care of physicians, hospitals, and related medical services to improve care and efficiencies, and reduce duplication. The region is also home to an abundance of health-related businesses, including medical technology, health plans, pharmaceuticals, and medical research.

“I’m thrilled to hear that the EMBA is launching a program with a focus on health care leadership,” says Angela Bartkus (’19 EMBA), Director of Clinical Pharmacology Unit at Spaulding Clinical Research. “By highlighting the business intricacies of caring for mental and physical health, the Lubar School is committing to a significant business space that needs that executive-level attention.”

The program is currently accepting applications for Fall 2021. For more information, visit the EMBA website or contact EMBA Director Adam Wickersham at afw3@uwm.edu.